Mother’s Day playlist essentials

Happy Sunday! In honor of Mother’s Day, this weekend won’t have a regular edition of Weekend Replay; instead, I’ll be sharing 6 of my favorite songs for and about moms. To all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, soon-to-be mothers, and all other types of mothers—Happy Mother’s Day, and enjoy!

“Story of My Life” – One Direction

Perhaps not a typical Mother’s Day type song, but this track is definitely an ode to growing up. On the surface it may seem like a typical romantic song, but I like to believe the “she” in the lyrics refers to their mothers. As we get older and move out of our childhood houses, we go from spending every moment of every day with our mothers to seeing them once a week, once a month, or maybe even a few times a year. But that only makes the time we get to spend with them all the more meaningful.

“The Best Day” – Taylor Swift

It’s easy to forget about Taylor Swift’s earlier work, with the constant media circus surrounding her and everything she does, but this song is one of the hidden gems from her second album Fearless. Lyrically, it’s not a complicated song: Swift sings about happy memories she’s shared with her mother, from pumpkin picking to car rides from from school. But it manages to capture love for a mother from both a place of childlike innocence and a mature young adult, and that’s what makes it special.

“A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men

The great thing about classic-era boy bands of the ’90s and ’00s is that they were never once to mince words. And though that usually resulted in some of the cheesiest love songs ever, this time, Boyz II Men gave us a touching, sincere track in honor of moms everywhere. It’s a reminder to Mom that though it doesn’t always seem like it, we appreciate them for all they do for us.

“Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood

Another song about growing up, “Mama’s Song” offers reassurances to a mom right before getting married. But much of the song could be applied to just about any change in life: “Mama, you taught me to do the right things / So now you have to let your baby fly / You’ve given me everything that I will need / To make it through this crazy thing called life.” It acknowledges that the lessons we learn from our mothers will stick with us throughout our lives, even as we grow up and move out.

“Mother Like Mine” — The Band Perry

Everyone thinks their mom is the best mom, if the number of “#1 Mom” mugs, keychains, and bumper stickers is any indication. This song is a musical way of saying just that. A sweet ode to the woman who’s the pillar and heart of the household, the lyrics declare: “She’s the sky that holds the clouds / She’s the lady of our house / We all need her but no one more than me.”

“Teenage Daughters” – Martina McBride

A lighthearted and humorous take on motherhood, this song is about the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter, something just about every mom of a 12- to 17-year-old can relate to. But it’s not condescending—McBride remembers she used to be the same way: “At seventeen, she’s just like me when I was seventeen so I don’t blame her.” As children get older, the relationships they have with their parents often changes, and that’s what the song pokes fun at.

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